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Windows App Day November 23rd, Antwerp

6 Nov

Windows App Day November 23 2012 Antwerp BelgiumThe app market is exploding, first on Apple & Android, now Windows 8 is triggering the same App explosion on the Microsoft platform. To make sure you get the necessary coaching and insight don’t miss the first Windows App Day. The agenda has 2 tracks, for App Development, User Experience and Design and is packed with national and international speakers. All of them actively working on Apps, design & the web and ready to share their learnings and best practices. Join us and get inspired!

  • All About Apps: Windows 8, Windows Azure, Windows Phone and WebApps
  • After the 100% app keynote we split into two tracks: one focused on UX, designers and web experts; a second one for developers.
  • Feel free to switch tracks during the day to compose the schedule of your taste. Find detailed info on the sessions and our speakers on our Windows App Day page!

Don’t miss this first Windows App Day on November 23rd!

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Bring your idea to life- turn it into an app

9 Feb

Windows Phone 7.5 brings dozens of new platform features to Windows Phone. When you have previously built an application for Windows Phone, you might ask yourself, "How do I take advantage of all these cool new features in my existing Windows Phone application?" Well, there are 2 ways to get your question answered


  • You prefer to have a real discussion with an expert and follow an intensive training ? Then this blog post is for you.
  • No, you don’t have the opportunity to release a couple of days or you want to do it at your space then I propose here a suggestion of online training.

19- 20 March– Windows Phone 7.5 Deep Dive in the Platform –English – 2 days


You are an experienced developer in Windows Phone or Silverlight. You want to go deeper and develop complex applications. This is the right place for you. No introduction, we suppose you are comfortable with the tools and technology. That means, no “Hello World”. That means no XAML introduction. But instead, we’ll dive in the features offered by the Windows Phone 7.5 platform. You’ll get your hands dirty while doing some hands-on labs, where you get the chance to apply your newly gathered knowledge.

Speaker : Gill Cleeren http://www.snowball.be/

registration : http://micbru.fikket.com/event/windows-phone-75-deep-dive-in-the-plateform

Place : MIC Brussels http://www.mic-brussels.com

3- 4 April – Windows Phone 7.5 Design – All about Microsoft Blend – English – 2 days


This training of 2 days will focus only on Blend Design almost not on writing C#

With Expression Blend for Windows Phone, it has never been easier to create the user interface of your application; simply drag UI elements to the design surface where they can be quickly customized and styled, import assets from tools such as Adobe Photoshop and turn them into data driven UI elements before finalizing your UI with transitions and animation that bring your application to life users navigate from screen to screen.

Speaker : Fons Sonnemans from Reflexion IT

Topics detail : http://micbru.fikket.com/event/windows-phone-75-microsoft-expression-blend-training

Place : MIC Brussels http://www.mic-brussels.com

16-17 April – Windows Phone 7.5 Project call – Français -2 Days


You are an individual, student or a company, your goal is to acquire a new competence This is for you – No marketing blabla – 2 days to learn how to develop, publish and market your Windows Phone 7 Apps. One day to go deeper in Windows Phone features like Second tiles or notification. You will receive a token, coaching, even a phone if you publish some applications

Speaker Christophe Peerens http://www.neomytic.be

registration : http://events.mic-belgique.be/event/appel-a-projets-windows-phone-75

Place : MIC Mons http://www.mic-belgique.be

4-5 June – Windows Phone 7.5 Project call – Francais -2 Days


You are a student individual or a company, your goal is to acquire new competencies This is for you – No marketing blala – 2 days to learn how to develop, publish and market your Windows Phone 7 Apps. One day to go deeper in Windows Phone features like Second tiles or notification. You will receive atoken & coaching

Speaker Christophe Peerens http://www.neomytic.be

registration : http://events.mic-belgique.be/event/appel-a-projets-windows-phone-75–2

Place : MIC Mons http://www.mic-belgique.be

PhoneGap now fully supports Windows Phone

16 Jan

Back in September, Microsoft joined Nitobi to announce a Beta of PhoneGap support for Windows Phone Mango, and at the same time committed to continue working with the PhoneGap Open Source project community to help bring full support.

PhoneGap by Nitobi is an open source mobile framework that enables developers to build applications targeting multiple platforms, by using standard web technologies (HTML5, CSS and JavaScript). This release extends the cross-platform capabilities of PhoneGap, giving more choice to developers in need of a programming environment allowing them to easily deliver the same mobile experience to their users across the various existing and prominent mobile operating systems.



In addition to being able to leverage their HTML5 and Javascript skills to target Windows Phone, developers can now enjoy a selection of PhoneGap Plugins that support social networks and a solid integration into Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone. The plugins are:

  • Facebook JS SDK
  • Twitter/LinkedIn/WindowsLive status retriever
  • Bing Maps Launcher
  • LiveTile Update

This release includes many new features, and you can find more details here


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Azure Spotlight: Agilys myShopi combines mobile and cloud

9 Jan

Agilys LogoAgilys is a Belgian startup company, based in Braine-l’Alleud, involved in mobile development, building mobile applications and Internet sites.  They are a member of the Microsoft BizSpark program, giving them have access to Microsoft software, support and a worldwide ecosystem of peers and partners.

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Are you always writing down the same shopping items again and again, only to find out afterwards that you didn’t bring that one important item. With the myShopi mobile application, Agilys has developed a consumer mobile application for Windows Phone 7, iPhone and Android that helps them manage their shopping list. You can even manage multiple shopping lists, for example to create a list per shop or for each family member.  Creating a new shopping list is simple and intuitive by selecting your items from a database of more than 1000 products, or by simply scanning the barcode of a product.  With the myShopi application, shopping has never been that easy!

myShopi screenshotWhen building and running a consumer mobile application, you may potentially reach thousands or even millions of users.  Sizing the server infrastructure for handling such an unpredictable number of users, potentially generating enormous spikes of user activity, is not an easy task.  Do you buy servers to handle 1000 users, with the risk of bringing the server down if you have 10-fold this number of users?  Or do you rather provision, and pay for (!), an infrastructure that can handle 1 million users but which might be idle most of the time?  In such scenarios, you need an infrastructure that can scale flexibly with user demand, adding resources or removing resources as your application load fluctuates.

The capability to scale flexibly with user demand is one of the reasons why Agilys has decided to deploy the application backend logic in the cloud on the Windows Azure Platform.  This provides them with flexible scaling but also with an infrastructure that is highly reliable to ensure that the application is available to their users at all times.

Another reason why Agilys has decided to move to the cloud is the fact that they want to focus on their core business, which is mobile development and not hosting a server infrastructure.  By hosting the application backend on the Windows Azure Platform, the provisioning and management of servers, network and storage capacity is being taken care of by the cloud computing platform.

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Do you want to be the next one to feature your cloud application here? You can get started with the Windows Azure platform in 2 easy steps:

1. Setup an Account:

Set up an account and obtain a free subscription for accessing the online portals for Windows Azure an SQL Azure. You can sign up and get the free trial from http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/.
Note: With the new spending limit functionality available you are assured that no charging is happening once your trial offer has expired.

2. Create your First application and Deploy it on the Windows Azure Platform:

Download the tools and learn how to create an application using .NET, JAVA, Node.js or PHP and deploy it on Windows Azure at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/overview/

When all steps are executed successfully you should have your first application running on the Windows Azure Platform. Let us know about it and maybe you’ll be in the spotlights!

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Control Your Xbox with your Windows Phone Using the Xbox Companion App

7 Dec

We have fantastic news for you. The Xbox Companion application for Windows Phone 7 is available for download today. Basically, it will connect your Windows Phone to your TV. Don’t forget checking out the killer video that shows all of the new things that will be possible with an Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE and Kinect in your living room.

This utility lets you find, learn more about and control content from Xbox LIVE Marketplace on your Xbox 360 straight from your Windows Phone.

  • Find Content: Just like on your Xbox, the Xbox Companion gives you instant access to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace catalog of games, movies, music and TV shows.
  • Learn more about what you’re watching, listening to, or playing: Once I found the movie and touched the movie tile, the Xbox companion app took me to an info page that has all the related details about.
  • Control & Play: Once I selected the content and hit play, the Xbox Companion flips into “controller mode” in which I could navigate my Xbox, or control video playback of your video. The best part here is that controls are virtually instantaneous – easily as fast as using my controller or a TV remote.
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This app is free. How it works? Fire-up your Xbox 360s. The Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone connects your Windows Phone and Xbox LIVE experiences. Conduct searches with Bing, learn more about and control content from Xbox LIVE Marketplace on your Xbox 360 straight from your Windows Phone. Once you launch a movie, show or song, your phone becomes a remote control to play and control videos and music on your Xbox 360. Check out a demo of the Companion app

Don’t wait, try this new experience. Download Xbox Companion App here, it’s free

Remember that you can keep up on all the latest stuff from Windows Phone through the The Birdsflock website and @WP7BE Twitter handle.

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